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Welcome to the official blog of VisitErie! 

Read about fun things to do in Erie PA and surrounding Erie County. Check back with us often for the latest and greatest news, to-do lists, event happenings and inside looks!


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Friday Sep 22nd, 2023

Loving Local: Shopping in Erie County

If you are looking for a shopping day filled with remarkable local shops and hidden gems, Erie, PA is the ideal shopping destination for you! In addition to Pennsylvania having no sales tax on clothing, the Erie community prioritizes supporting local businesses to create a unique and cost-effective shopping experience.

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Wednesday Sep 20th, 2023

Things to Sip on This Fall in Erie, Pennsylvania

Fill up your mug, glass, goblet or stein with the crisp, sweet flavors of fall! From classic pumpkin spice and cinnamon to inventive and unexpected concoctions, this must-sip list has it all. 

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Friday Sep 15th, 2023

The Best Places to Enjoy Fall Foliage in Erie County

Fall in Erie is a magical time filled with crisp air, pumpkin patches, fall events and spectacular colors! The Erie region is one of the best places in Pennsylvania to experience fall’s beauty up close, especially when reflected in the waters of Lake Erie.

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Friday Sep 15th, 2023

Get Spooky in Eerie, Pennsylvania!

Whispers of otherworldly secrets and restless spirits beckon, as Eerie Pennsylvania readies for its spookiest season.

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Friday Sep 15th, 2023

Perfect Pairs to Fuel Your Coffee Cravings in Erie County

Erie coffee shops are always intriguing to visit as each café constantly updates their menus with innovative drinks and irresistible savory and sweet treats. At every coffee shop in Erie, it is effortless to find the perfect pair that best suits you and your taste buds.    

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Friday Sep 1st, 2023

Five Family-Friendly Fall Festivals

Fall is a time for colorful leaves, Halloween costumes, hay rides, pumpkin spice everything, and some of Erie’s favorite festivals.


Wednesday Aug 30th, 2023

The Total Solar Eclipse in Erie, PA: Trip Planning Tips

It's never too soon to start planning where you will be to view the upcoming total solar eclipse. The celestial phenomenon that has captured the imagination of skywatchers around the world takes place on Monday, April 8, 2024.

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Wednesday Aug 2nd, 2023

Summer Nightlife In Erie: Bites and Sites

Summertime in Erie, PA is encompassed by a nightlife scene that is charming, energizing, and entertaining. Relaxation and quality time spent with family and friends are at the heart of nightlife in Erie.

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Tuesday Aug 1st, 2023

How to Stay Cool This Summer in Erie PA

With miles of pristine sandy beaches, exhilarating water parks, invigorating splash pads, and a plethora of other options that will truly embrace your love for aquatic activities, the Erie area is brimming with refreshing options.

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Monday Jul 24th, 2023

Inclusion and Accessibility in Erie

Our family had the pleasure of visiting Erie for three days in July.  We were looking for a destination that would be inclusive and accessible for a variety of needs.

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Wednesday Jul 12th, 2023

Cheers to Summer: Must-Try Drinks in Erie, PA

The Erie region has a vibrant drink scene with an array of summer libations from refreshing cocktails with tropically-inspired vibes to indulgent creations bursting with local flavors.

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Thursday Jun 29th, 2023

Say Cheese! The Best Places to take a Picture in the Erie Region

The Erie region has many unique locations that are considered to be picture perfect. Here are a few suggestions of the best places to take a picture in the Erie area. 

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Friday Jun 23rd, 2023

The Top 10 Places for Outdoor Dining in Erie, PA

Whether you seek scenic waterfront restaurants with colorful umbrellas and rooftop vistas, or a quaint locale adorned with decorative lighting and accompanied by the soothing sounds of live music, the options are plentiful.  

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Monday Jun 12th, 2023

Locally Grown: Farmers Markets in Erie, PA

Savor the flavors of the region with Erie County's vibrant farmers' markets. 

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Tuesday Jun 6th, 2023

Erie's Drag Scene - Art in Heels

Erie drag contributes to the region’s cultural diversity and serves as a form of artistic self-expression, entertainment, and celebration of inclusivity.

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Thursday Jun 1st, 2023

Happy Birthday America! Great Ways to Celebrate Independence Day in Erie PA

Independence Day weekend in Erie, PA is packed with cherished traditions, friendly gatherings, picnics, parades, dazzling fireworks, and other festivities commemorating America’s independence. 

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Thursday Jun 1st, 2023

The Best Camping Sites in Erie, Pennsylvania

Escape from the daily grind and camp under the stars in Erie PA.

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Friday May 26th, 2023

Coastal Charm: How You Can Make the Most of a Presque Isle Summer

Nestled on the scenic shores of Lake Erie and flanked by the City of Erie, Presque Isle State Park is a year-round outdoor oasis and a national natural landmark that welcomes more than four million visitors annually, and with good reason. Photo by Tim Sharkey.

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Friday May 26th, 2023

Great Ways to Get Out on the Water in Erie PA

The Erie area provides the perfect setting for a host of water-based activities. Regardless of whether you own a boat or not, there are numerous ways to immerse yourself in some outdoor fun.

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Thursday May 25th, 2023

The Best Places to Catch an Erie Sunset

Erie, Pennsylvania is considered by many to have some of the best sunsets in the world. Photo by @robhornaman.

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Monday May 22nd, 2023

Celebrate Diversity and Equality: Pride Month in Erie, PA

June marks a significant month for the LGBTQ+ community, where people come together to celebrate love, acceptance, and diversity. Erie, PA has numerous events lined up in June and throughout the summer for you to rejoice in inclusivity and self-expression.

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Thursday May 11th, 2023

Summer Fun Things to Do With Kids in Erie, PA

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Thursday May 11th, 2023

Exploring Erie’s Bayfront District: A One-Day Guide

Erie’s Bayfront District is a dynamic and lively waterfront area set between Downtown Erie and the southern shores of Presque Isle Bay. Photo by 814.Photo.

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Tuesday May 9th, 2023

7 Favorite Summer Activities at Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle State Park is a National Natural Landmark and Erie’s top attraction, especially in the summertime. From pristine beaches to a rich history and natural beauty, a visit to Presque Isle promises endless fun and excitement, making it the perfect destination for a memorable summer getaway

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Tuesday May 2nd, 2023

Free Things to Do in Erie - a Budget-Friendly Guide to Spring and Summer Fun

The Erie area is packed with free festivals, events, attractions and activities to help you plan your lake escape and save a few dollars.  

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Wednesday Apr 26th, 2023

Exploring Edinboro, Pennsylvania: A One-Day Guide

Edinboro is a friendly, funky, artsy town brimming with antique and thrift shop options, delicious cuisine, and a wide range of outdoor recreational opportunities. Photo by @nance-endless-summer

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Friday Apr 21st, 2023

Celebrate Mom – Unique and Fun Ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate and pay tribute to the remarkable birth mothers, adopted mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, mothers-in-law, or other motherly figures by expressing our heartfelt gratitude for their unwavering love and support. 

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Wednesday Apr 19th, 2023

Exploring North East, Pennsylvania: A One-Day Guide

Nestled on the scenic shores of Lake Erie, North East, Pennsylvania is a picturesque area that perfectly captures the essence of small-town charm.

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Thursday Apr 6th, 2023

Exploring Corry, Pennsylvania: A One-Day Guide

Corry, Pennsylvania has reinvented itself from a quiet small town of a few businesses and numerous empty storefronts into a revitalized, energetic town filled with a strong sense of community spirit, rich history, and new growth.

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Friday Mar 31st, 2023

Eco-Friendly Escapades: Green Attractions and Earth Day Celebrations in Erie, PA

Erie County is home to numerous environmentally friendly attractions or "green" wonders.

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Tuesday Mar 21st, 2023

Exploring Downtown Erie: A One-Day Guide

Downtown Erie is a vibrant and dynamic area, bursting at the seams with energy and community pride. There is growth around almost every corner, from impressive new buildings and extraordinary expansions to repurposed spaces and inspiring stories.

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Friday Mar 10th, 2023

Brunch Bliss – Satisfy Your Weekend Cravings in Erie

End your weekend on a delicious note and bring your families and friends together for a bountiful brunch experience filled with love, laughter, and amazing food! 

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Wednesday Mar 1st, 2023

Unwind and Explore - Five Ways to Spend a Spring Day on Erie’s Waterfront

Now that warmer temperatures are on the way, are you ready to “spring” out of the house and find some fun things to do? Photo by @SnapsBySean



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Tuesday Feb 28th, 2023

Spring Into Fun: Ten Must-See Arts and Culture Events in Erie, PA

Erie’s arts and culture scene offers a vibrant mix of events for you to explore artistic expressions through various subjects such as visual arts, music, dance, and theater. These events will move, challenge, and inspire your senses, leaving lasting memories. 

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Monday Feb 27th, 2023

Where to Stop and Smell the Roses – The Best Public Gardens in Erie, PA

Discover the breathtaking beauty of Erie’s public gardens by exploring the flowers, shrubs, and trees that thrive there. 

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Friday Feb 24th, 2023

Celebrating Women-Owned Businesses in Erie County

March is Women's History Month and to celebrate, VisitErie is shining a spotlight on four fabulous, Erie women business owners.

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Friday Jan 27th, 2023

The Perfect Winter Ski Weekend in Erie, PA

If you’re looking for ideas on how to spend a ski weekend in the Erie region, you and our slopes are covered! Make the most out of winter surrounded by beautfiul snow coated landscapes and the fresh, crisp air.

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Friday Jan 20th, 2023

Sweet Ways to Spend Valentine's Day in Erie, PA

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and we’ve got some great ideas on how you can celebrate this special day in Erie PA. Whether it’s a girlfriend gathering, a traditional romantic night out or something a little different, there are many ways you can spend a memorable Valentine’s with the ones you love the most.

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Thursday Jan 12th, 2023

The Tastiest Foodie Day in Downtown Erie, PA

Some of the region’s favorite foodie hangouts are found throughout Erie’s downtown. An assortment of breweries, cafes, restaurants, and taverns are dishing up everything from classic pub grub to inspired cuisine.

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Tuesday Jan 3rd, 2023

How to Rest and Recharge After the Holidays

Get ready to kick off the new year with these ideas to help you relax, reset, and recharge yourself in Erie, PA.

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Thursday Dec 29th, 2022

Fun Indoor Activities to Do with Kids in Erie, PA

Solve the problem every parent faces when hearing “we’re bored!” and “there’s nothing to do!” by treating them to an indoor adventure at one of Erie’s kid-friendly indoor attractions!

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Tuesday Dec 27th, 2022

What's New in Erie 2023

Here’s a look at what’s new in Erie, Pennsylvania for 2023!

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Friday Dec 16th, 2022

Things to Do on New Year’s Eve in Erie, Pennsylvania 2022

Looking for fun things to do on New Year’s Eve that are kid-friendly or are you searching for something a little more grown-up? The Erie region has got you covered!

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Wednesday Nov 30th, 2022

Wonderful Winter Treats to Try in Erie, PA

Whether you’re craving an after-dinner snack or in need of a little pick-me up, Erie has you covered! Treat yourself to a rich, chocolatey mug of hot cocoa or meet up with friends for a round of peppermint martinis.

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Wednesday Nov 23rd, 2022

10 Things to Do in Winter at Presque Isle

Put on your boots, scarves, and gloves because it’s time to explore Erie's top tourist attraction in the wintertime! 

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Monday Nov 21st, 2022

The Best Places for Outdoor Winter Fun in Erie, PA

The snow has arrived in Erie and that means SNOW MUCH FUN is waiting to be had!

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Wednesday Nov 16th, 2022

Holiday Events in Erie, Pennsylvania 2022

The holidays are a time to come together to celebrate the true spirit of the season and appreciate those special moments of being surrounded by those who mean the most to us. Make this year’s celebrations the best ones ever and treat them to one or all of the fun, family-friendly holiday events in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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Monday Nov 14th, 2022

The Best Places for Cozy Dining in Erie, PA

It’s that time of year when the days get shorter, coats get longer and the lure of a warm, inviting dining room provides the perfect space to catch up with family and friends. Whatever the occasion, the Erie region has several warm, cozy locales where guests can shake off outdoor chills.

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Thursday Nov 3rd, 2022

30 Gift Ideas for the Person Who Has Everything

Skip the toys, ties, and trinkets this holiday season and give the gift of memories, of connection, of experiences!

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Tuesday Nov 1st, 2022

Top Comfort Food Found in Erie, PA

Indulge yourself in the high calorie, high carb, tasty goodness that is comfort food at these recommended restaurants around Erie County. 

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Monday Oct 17th, 2022

Create the Perfect Girlfriend Getaway in Erie, Pennsylvania

Whether you are getting together for the first time in years or just saw each other last week, it’s always exciting to plan a girlfriend getaway. 

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Tuesday Sep 20th, 2022

Five Family-Friendly Fall Festivals

Fall is a time for colorful leaves, Halloween costumes, hay rides, pumpkin spice everything and some of Erie’s favorite festivals.

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Tuesday Jul 5th, 2022

Get to Know the Hagen History Center - Where History Inspires

The Hagen History Center, formerly known as the Erie County Historical Society, is a museum campus located in downtown Erie with a focus on the history of Erie County over the past 200 years. 

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Friday Jul 1st, 2022

Shopping in the Hill District

The Shops on the Hill, located in Erie’s Historic Federal Hill area, is a neighborhood that focuses on revitalizing small business, community engagement, diversity, and inclusion.


Tuesday Jun 28th, 2022

Community Art: Murals of Erie County

Did you know there are more than eighty murals scattered across the city of Erie and surrounding areas? Learn more about Erie's history and community through these artistic works that can be seen throughout the city.

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Tuesday Jun 14th, 2022

Father’s Day in Erie PA – Fun Things to Do with Dad

If you’re scratching your head over what to do for dad this Father’s Day, never fear!  The Erie region has some great ideas to help you along. 

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Thursday May 19th, 2022

“Do 6” Things to Do in Erie County – Discover Pennsylvania Route 6

The PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor covers all of Northern Pennsylvania including parts of Erie County.  The Erie segment has several attractions, shops and restaurants waiting for you to discover.  


Tuesday Feb 22nd, 2022

Celebrating Women-Owned Erie County Businesses

March is Women's History Month and to celebrate, VisitErie is shining a spotlight on four local, and amazing, women business owners.

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Wednesday May 19th, 2021

Top 5 Tours to Try in Erie County

Hop in your car or explore on foot, Erie has plenty of self-guided driving and walking tours to keep you busy for days.

Partner Spotlight

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Outdoor Dining at the Bayfront Grille

The Bayfront Grille Restaurant at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel is excited to announce that our Bayside Patio is open for Lunch and Dinner. Please check Open Table for reservations or contact the restaurant directly at 814-454-2005.

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Fall Harvest at Port Farms

Happy Fall Y’all! Come enjoy the farm during Fall Harvest season September 16 – October 29. Grab your friends and family and enjoy a variety of fall themed activities for every age. With over 25 attractions, our guests create long-lasting memories worth repeating. General admission includes wagon rides, our 8-acre bigfoot corn maze, slide mountain, ball zone, game garden, pedal carts, corn box, Tiny Town, animal exhibits, mindbender mazes, trike track, tire fort and so much more! Plan a birthday party with a campfire spot! PLUS, this year we have added tons of new events that are included with admission!

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Erie Events

Erie Events manages a four facility entertainment complex that includes the Warner Theatre, Erie Insurance Arena, Bayfront Convention Center and UPMC Park. These four venues host a variety of events that include world-class entertainment, family friendly shows and sporting events.

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Cart/Horse Distilling is a first-generation woman-owned distillery, pioneering the craft in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. Handcrafted care never goes out of style. We put that artistic attention into every bottle of our small batch spirits. Cart/Horse proudly produces rum, whiskey, vodka, gin, and several award-winning specialty liquors. Our robust cocktail menu uses the finest and freshest ingredients for each custom-built drink.

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AHN Saint Vincent- Award-Winning Medical Care

AHN Saint Vincent has been here from the beginning, providing award-winning inpatient and outpatient medical care. Need express care? We’ve conveniently placed AHN facilities on the west and east side of Erie, just walk-in! AHN Saint Vincent is not only recognized locally (Erie’s Choice- Best Hospital) but nation-wide, so you can expect high-quality care, greater safety, and better results.

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Oliver’s Bayfront Mini Golf

This 18-hole course is the newest addition to Oliver’s Beer Garden, offering stunning views of Erie’s Bayfront and the Bicentennial Tower. Play your round and then enjoy delicious food & drink from the snack bar or Oliver’s Food Truck!

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Mazza Vineyards and the South Shore Wine Company

The Mazza family welcomes you to explore 3 unique locations in Lake Erie Wine Country. Sip and savor award-winning wines at Mazza Vineyards and the historic South Shore Wine Company, both located in North East, PA, and be sure to visit their combination winery, distillery and brewery, Mazza Chautauqua Cellars/Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing, in nearby Westfield, NY.

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Millcreek Mall

The Millcreek Mall features more than 160 stores, restaurants, and fun for the whole family on Upper Peach Street, Erie’s most popular shopping district! Shopping in Erie means no sales tax on clothing or shoes. Choose from a variety of hotels located on the Mall property and just minutes away at the intersection of Peach Street and Interstate 90.

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When you have an opportunity to fly, give Erie a try - support your hometown airport!

Direct daily flights to Charlotte. Erie International Airport is serviced by American Airlines with daily flights to Charlotte with connections to many other destinations.

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Dobbins Landing

Located on the southeast shore of Lake Erie, the Port of Erie has been promoting industrial, commercial, and recreational opportunities on the waters of Lake Erie since 1959.

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U Pick 6 Craft Beer Pubs & Restaurants

Erie’s own local craft beer pubs are a must-visit! With 4 great locations, just pick one that’s convenient for you! A casual, family friendly dining experience with something for everyone! To view our menu, check out what’s on tap, or get to directions to our pubs, learn more now!”

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UPMC Hamot - See What Makes Us Different

UPMC Hamot is a 458-bed hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services. The hospital serves as a regional referral hub and is the only accredited trauma center in the region.

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814 Photo

Showcasing the incredible year round beauty of the City of Erie and its surrounding areas, commonly referred to as its area code "the 814". Explore some of Erie County's most breathtaking landscape photography.

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Country Fair

We proudly opened our doors in Erie in 1965. A lot has changed between now and then, but our mission remains the same – offer fresh food, from our favorite local brands, at a convenient location. In one stop, you can fill up your gas tank and grab breakfast, lunch, groceries and a bottle of wine or a 6-pack to go. We look forward to serving you and your family during your trip to Erie!

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The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern

The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern is sure to give you an unforgettable and care-free dining experience. Enjoy a nautical atmosphere with a beautiful view of Presque Isle Bay.

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